Omar Vizquel always seems to revel in returning to the place he became an eveyday star at shortstop.
Although he's nearing 45 year old and a reserve for the Toronto BlueJays, Vizquel flashed that memorable grin often seen while making 11 consecutive Opening Day starts with the Indians from 1994-2004 while speaking with reporters and former teammate Carlos Baerga before Thursday's season opener at Progressive Field.
"Man, he's a legend," said Tribe manager Manny Acta of Vizquel, who made the Toronto roster this spring as a non-roster invitee. "There's no getting around that one, not only how good he's been in the game but how he's been able to keep himself in top shape. Also, his love and the passion for the game and not let his pride get in the way when you go from being a super star shortstop to accepting a (reserve) role like he's done the last three years. It says a lot about the love for the gamne he has.
"He's a sure Hall of Famer in my eyes," Acta continued. "I admire the way he conducts himself and keeps himself in that type of shape and compete up here with guys that are sometimes half his age and go toe-to-toe with him."